Its party time in Victoria Falls
THE much awaited annual Jameson Vic Falls Carnival roars into life tomorrow with organisers optimistic to hit 10 000 revellers. The three-day annual event starts on Thursday December 29 and ends on December 31.
It attracts fun lovers from neighbouring Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia as well as locals and people from far afield in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, UK and US among others.
It is fun filled with a beach party tomorrow, followed by a train and bush party on Friday at a secret venue outside the resort town. The main event is the cross over show on New Year’s Eve at Victoria Falls Farm School.
Carnival organiser Emmanuel Tivatyi told ZimbabweNewsday that revellers were expected to start arriving late today while some artists had already landed in Victoria Falls.
“We are running up and down making final preparatory touches but we are happy that three artists have arrived. Another group will arrive tomorrow while the last group will be here on December 31,” he said.
Three trains, each with a carrying capacity of 500 people are already fully booked for the bush party at Jafuta Siding. A steam train carrying fun lovers is expected to leave Bulawayo tonight going to Victoria Falls while a bus will also carry some revellers from Harare. Tivatyi said so far they are happy with response as people were still buying tickets.
“There is last-minute ticket buying and we hope to meet our target of 10 000 people although that will depend on whether people will continue purchasing tickets,” he said.
A ticket costs $60 for a single entry for locals while foreigners pay $90 for a day’s pass.
Locals who over the years complained about being sidelined by exorbitant ticket prices, had a chance to buy at $20 in a promotion that ended recently.
A number of local and foreign artists and finest DJs are billed to share the stage on the cross over night show.
These include dancehall DJs – Judgement Yard, South Africa’s reggae band Tidal Waves, Half ‘n Half and DJ Diloxclusiv as well as Zimbabwean DJ Jason Le Roux, Samba/kwaito group Napalma, originally from Brazil, Zambia’s house producer El Mukuka, SA electro/jazz group – Valve State and DJ Nic Fourie.
Dendera music king Sulumani Chimbetu and Zim Dancehall singer Winky D have been added to the line-up, that also has multi-award winning platinum selling Congolese artiste Tresor, multi-award winning hip hop duo Locnville and The Kifness, Sketchy Bongo, Locnville and Good Luck.
The event, besides promoting music, also aims at steering tourism growth.